#MTBoS30 Day 27: End of Year Survey – Results, pt. 1

My survey this year was two parts. The first part was a paper with 30 statements. The students were supposed to evaluate me on those 30 statements based on how strongly they agreed or disagreed. I will blog about these results next week once the absent students complete them.

The second part was a paper titled “If I Were A Teacher…” I gave students 6 prompts, and encouraged them to think about what their classroom would look and sound like. I only got a couple of responses from these but here they are:

  • What would your tardy policy be?
    • tardy after the classroom door closes, 2 each marking period is acceptable, possible consequences include lunch detention, after school detention, or referral
    • no tardies (not sure if this means no tardies are acceptable or they wouldn’t mark students tardy…)
    • tardy one minute after bell rings
    • you must have a slip or get a call home and only 3 unexcused tardies are acceptable
    • tardy 5 seconds after bell rings, 6 allowed per semester, if 3 or more in a week they get assigned extra homework
    • tardy 10 times they get a call home and go to ACS for the rest of the class period
    • 3 unexcused tardies all year
    • consequences would be reminder, warning, parent contact, lunch detention, suspension
    • keep track of tardies in a book and 5 is the most allowed

 

  • How would you arrange 30 desks?
    • in 6 rows of 5
    • 4 groups of 2, 4 groups of 4, and 2 groups of 3
    • 5 groups of 6
    • in a semi-circle facing the main whiteboard
    • in pairs

 

  • How would students take and keep track of notes?
    • take all papers home
    • students only taking notes 50% of the time
    • in a binder and not an interactive notebook
    • it’s on them to take notes
    • keep depending on how important
    • keep all papers they get in class
    • the interactive notebook and they wouldn’t have to keep worksheets
    • (sidenote: multiple students included the fact that notes help you remember and if you keep good notes you don’t have to ask the teacher as many questions)

 

  • What would your electronic device policy be?
    • they can be on them as long as they understand the work
    • consequences would be reminder, warning, take until end of period, take until end of day, parent contact, and suspension
    • 2 warnings, only music during solving time and not notes
    • 2 warnings and then the phone goes to the office for parents to pick up
    • no phone while the teacher is speaking
    • 3 warnings, not allowed when teacher is talking, after 3 warnings extra homework
    • no phones out during class and if you’re caught on it you will not get it back until the end of the school day
    • it’s okay when the teacher isn’t talking
    • use them whenever they want
    • as long as they are taking notes, they could have one headphone in

 

  • What would you do with students who fail a test or quiz?
    • give them lots of extra credit
    • call their parents
    • try and help them to see why they failed
    • see what is wrong and give them opportunities for extra credit
    • come after school
    • have to retake it and if they fail again they have to repeat the class
    • talk with parent and give advice to parent for student or after school; if phone is distracting take it away
    • tell them to do better next time and give them tutoring to help them improve
    • teach them some more and then let them retake it

 

  • Anything else? 
    • be on time
    • no sleeping
    • no snacks without permission
    • no cursing
    • do your work
    • be nice to the students and teachers
    • don’t get up till 10 seconds left of class
    • no talking when teaching
    • important to know basics like how to raise your hand or turn in homework

 

Some of these cracked me up – the students must think teachers have an unlimited amount of power! I found it very interesting that multiple students suggested extra homework as consequences as well. I definitely agree with a good amount of what they said and it’s going to give me a lot to think about while planning for next year, especially as I’ll be jumping into project-based learning (another topic for another day).

What questions would you have added?

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